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August 9, 2020
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Sportman’s report New species portal from marine management

By: Bill Hanson
July 24, 2020

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Marine Region announces the new Marine Species Portal, a big step towards making the website even more user friendly.

The Portal is intended to be a dynamic, web-based tool that provides information on California marine species. Currently, the Portal contains 30 fin fish and invertebrate Enhanced Status Reports (ESRs). The Portal is designed in a way that allows constituents to easily navigate through these ESRs so they can find the information that interests them.

The home page offers a visual chart to make I.D. quick and easy. The refined search bar offers filters for most of the fish and shell fish in our fishery.

Some ESRs can supply the foundations for future fishery management plans by providing background information and focusing analyses and stakeholder discussions on the most relevant issues.

This initial set of ESRs (Enhanced Status Reports) includes species ranging from lobster and Dungeness crab to white sea bass and geoduck clam. More ESRs will be completed as new priority species are identified, and in the future, the Portal will also be expanded to include species not targeted by state fisheries.

To learn about the many interesting species that inhabit California’s ocean waters, the fisheries that target them, and the research behind our current scientific understanding, visit the Marine Species Portal. You can view a presentation and demonstration on how to navigate through the new Marine Species Portal. The site is not limited to fishers, anyone with an interest in our marine environment will find a wealth of information at the site: 

For those last minute deer hunters who want to hunt the A-zone this season, there is still hope. In the old days ‘last minute Louis’ were able to drive to Yountville and pick up license and tags at the counter, the facility is closed. Two agents locally are the Sportsmen's Warehouse on Redwood Dr., they have a service desk that will print your new license and deer tag. The Sporting Goods register at WalMart is also an authorized agent.

White sea bass are being landed in Tomales Bay, check in at the Outdoor Pro shop for the smart end of your fishing pole requirements. Summer run salmon will gradually show up along the Delta fishery, August is typically the beginning of the season.


Bill Hanson is a Sonoma County native and a lifelong sportsman. He is the former president of the Sonoma County Mycological Association. Look for his column in The Community Voice each week.